Multiple Missing Teeth – Owings Mills
Eliminating Gaps and Improving Smiles
Multiple missing teeth can wreak havoc on your overall appearance and confidence level. In the past, only traditional, non-surgical methods were available to restore smiles. While these options still exist and are effective at replacing missing teeth, there is an alternative solution that offers permanency, greater stability, and improved functionality – an implant-retained bridge in Owings Mills. Using titanium posts and a custom-made dental restoration, not only will your oral health improve because of the continued stimulation to your jawbone, but your smile will be restored to look and feel completely natural. Find out how you can learn more about this unique restorative solution by contacting us today.
Non-Implant Tooth Replacement Options
As we mentioned earlier, traditional methods of tooth replacement are still used on a large scale in many dental offices today. Dr. Mattson will be happy to provide any of the following should you prefer a non-surgical solution:
- Crown & Bridge: Whether it is one or multiple consecutive missing teeth, a crown and bridge fixture uses your natural, healthy teeth as anchors to hold your custom bridge prosthetic in place. Fusing multiple dental crowns together, the two on the outside will fit snugly over your natural teeth while the ones in the middle will rest on top of the gums to restore the look of your smile.
- Partial Dentures: No matter if the teeth that are missing are next to each other or not, a partial denture works like a puzzle piece. Using an acrylic base and artificial teeth, the prosthetic has clasps or clips that attach to your natural teeth, keeping it in place and effectively, filling it in the gaps.
- Full Dentures: If it’s a full arch of missing teeth that need replacing, a full denture uses a gum-colored base and artificial teeth. Your natural suction will hold it in place, but many patients opt for a dental adhesive to provided added security.
The Dental Implant Process
If you decide that dental implants are the right choice for replacing your missing teeth, you can expect to enjoy your new implant-retained bridge in no time at all. During your initial consultation with Dr. Mattson, she will discuss your goal and fully examine your oral cavity and facial structure. Once she determines that your jawbone is strong enough for implants, she will take impressions of your smile, which will be sent to a lab for technicians to begin crafting your custom implant bridge.
During your surgical procedure, we will make a small incision in your gum tissue and carefully place the implants into your jawbone. Once we seal the tissue, you will be sent home to spend the next 3-6 months healing and allowing osseointegration to occur (fusing of the implant to the bone). You will also be fitted with a temporary restoration.
Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our office to have the abutments put into place, which can take two weeks to fully heal. Finally, the last step in your dental implant placement is to receive your custom dental restoration, which we will put into place once the temporary bridge is removed.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dental Prosthetics